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VT MAK Announces Full Support for HLA Evolved in Entire Product Line 

VR-Forces and VR-Vantage now offer full support for new High Level Architecture (HLA) Standard

Cambridge, Mass., April 6, 2012– VT MAK, (MAK), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that all its products will provide full support for the HLA Evolved simulation networking standard. The upcoming releases of VR-Forces and VR-Vantage, MAK’s simulation and visualization tools, are the latest to support HLA Evolved.

MAK is known for its work in interoperability. From the company’s first product, the VR-Link networking toolkit, MAK has given customers a choice between using the industry standard High Level Architecture (HLA) or the Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) to network simulators and virtual reality applications. In May 2010, the company announced support for HLA Evolved in VR-Link and the MAK RTI. MAK will now provide its customers with the added option of the new HLA standard in all of its products as part of their pledge to make interoperability easy and accessible to all.

HLA Evolved is the latest version of the HLA Standard (IEEE 1516-2010). This version offers a number of improvements; the most significant being the incorporation of the SISO Dynamic Link Compatible API that allows users to switch Run-Time Infrastructure (RTI) without making any changes to their simulations (also known as federates). Other important features include Modular Federation Object Models (FOM), Update Rate Reduction, improvements to Reliability and Connectivity, and other changes that make using HLA easier.

“With this latest offering of the new HLA Evolved support for VR-Forces and VR-Vantage, MAK is reaffirming our commitment to interoperability and meeting the needs of our customers by ensuring that they remain competitive in their market. With our entire product line now supporting this new standard, MAK continues to make the adoption of our products easy and cost effective for all our customers by catering to whichever protocol they choose.”

~Jim KOGLER
Director of COTS Products, VT MAK

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VT MAK helps customers deliver simulation systems. Leveraging a strong foundation of COTS software products and custom developed system components, MAK works with customers to build and populate compelling 3D simulated environments in which users train, plan, analyze, experiment, prototype, and demonstrate. MAK’s primary users are in the aerospace and defense industry, yet the company’s products and services can be used anywhere modeling and simulation is needed. Thousands of customers worldwide use MAK products, including the world’s ten largest defense contractors. VT MAK is a company of VT Systems. Please visit www.mak.com. 

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors.  VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com. 

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